Dr Hadeer Abo El Nagah, Associate Professor of English at the College of Humanities, Prince Sultan’s University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has become a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
Principal Fellowship of the HEA recognises “a sustained record of effective strategic leadership in academic practice and academic development as a key contribution to high quality student learning.” Dr Abo El Nagah is now one of only 33 HEA Principal Fellows from outside the UK.
Dr Abo El Nagah, who is originally from Egypt, has a distinguished academic record: twice a Fulbright Scholar, she has published ten books about Islamic and Arabic Culture and translated a large number of books and published numerous articles. Her research interests include post-colonial literature, women’s writing, African American and Arab American literature and Poetry, and translation & culture. She has taught in a wide variety of institutions including outside the Middle East at State University of New York, University of Ottawa and Middlebury College in Oakland California.
Dr Abo El Nagah’s Principal Fellowship application was characterised by her commitment and example in leading strategic change in learning and teaching cross-culturally; and for her work to address the different needs of learners, in particular empowering disadvantaged women.
Commenting on her application, one of the HEA accreditation team wrote: “A remarkable account - possibly the most comprehensive and passionate principal fellowship application I have read. Her account honestly and openly reflects upon the struggles experienced in her aspiration and commitment to diverse, inclusive high quality learning and teaching.”
Dr Abo El Nagah said, “I am delighted to be a Principal Fellow of the HEA. I look forward to engaging with this global community of practionners. I am passionate about teaching and I have been fortunate to be in senior positions to help lead and influence how students get the best experience from their time in higher education. This is important to them and to wider society. I think it’s very positive that there is a global vehicle, such as HEA Fellowship, to recognise and encourage great teaching.”
Kathryn Harrison Graves, HEA Head of International Services, “I am delighted that Dr Abo El Nagah has become a Principal Fellow of the HEA. She has clearly been very active in the development of her own professional practice and in promoting and supporting the professional development of a wide range of staff, faculty, students and institutional practices.
“We have a growing community of Principal Fellows, a growing number of whom work outside the UK, and this rich diversity of experience helps in our work to share best practice across the global.”
The HEA has worked extensively with government ministries and individual higher education institutions in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia, the HEA is working with Prince Sultan University to develop a Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice which will promote continual professional development and recognise great teaching.
There is a total of nearly 80,000 of all four categories of HEA Fellowship with nearly 2,000 of those based outside the UK. To date, there are 587 Principal Fellows.